DEMING, Wash. — The first of a two night Deming Speedway doubleheader is in the books, with race winners and point leaders putting themselves in position for big rewards come Saturday night.
In Friday night’s action, Liam Ryan won a fast paced Hoosier Speedmart 600 feature, Eric Drake gave himself a shot at the season championship with a win in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 class, Dylan Resch made all the right moves in winning his first 600 Restricted main event and Jesse Schlotfeldt won for an unprecedented 16th time in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints.
On Craft Stove night at the track, Liam Ryan hunted down race leaders Chase Schmidt and Madison Hess from his fourth place starting position before a little luck vaulted him to the lead on lap 14 in the Hoosier Speedmart 600s. Ryan had closed to with a few cars lengths of the two lead cars when Schmidt spun in the top of turn two, collecting Hess with him and handing the lead to Liam. Liam would streak away on the restart, unchallenged in rolling to victory lane, followed by Robbie Price and season point leader Derek Torkelson. The third place finish gives Torkelson a solid lead heading into the final night, where he may only need to avoid disaster on his way to his first Deming Speedway title. Ryan set quick time.
The tightest of the points battles coming into the weekend is in the Shots 2 Go Espresso 1200 class, where Eric Drake inched slightly closer to Liam Ryan heading into the final night of competition. Drake took over the lead on lap eight, rolling past Tyson Cross and his expiring engine en route to the win. Ryan followed him to a second place finish, keeping some pad heading into the finale. Jacob Buckenmeyer was third. Ryan set quick time.
The first career 600 Restricted win for Dylan Resch was a sweet one, as the youngster conquered the lapped traffic woes that had kept him from previous wins to visit victory lane for the very first time. Chance Crum ran second, closing on Resch when lapped traffic first came up, but was unable to do anything with it after Dylan made his way past the slower cars. Eli Schmidt ran third. Austin Sheridan put himself in a position to win the points title by just showing up on Saturday thanks to his fast time on the night and fifth place finish in the main.
Jesse Schlotfeldt won an unprecedented 16th main event on Friday night in the Kasey Kahne Junior Sprints, passing Sawyer Sorgenfrei on lap 6 to grab the win. Schlotfeldt does not even need to show up on Saturday night to claim the title in the class. Sorgenfrei was second and Ashton Dial was third. Dial was awarded the Sportsman of the Year post race, earning him a trip to the NASCAR race in Phoenix this year courtesy of division sponsor Kasey Kahne.